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If you're looking for an easier way to book a barber sesh, a great set of hair clippers could be the simplest solution. The best hair clippers are sharp, ergonomic, and easy to use and take care of. Similar to a beard trimmer, they'll make quick work of the hair on your head - and some clippers even take care of the rest, too. We've spent hours finding Australia's top hair clippers for home use, and here are our faves.
How we picked
We’d usually start with CHOICE, Australia’s biggest consumer advocacy group, but they haven’t reviewed hair clippers so we headed to ProductReview.com.au to see what Aussies thought. After adding some of the top-rated picks to our list, we started narrowing things down by checking what was available with major retailers. On our hunt, we found a couple more popular picks that stood out. This is how we ended up with our list of Australia’s best hair clippers.
Types of hair clippers
Broadly speaking, there are 3 kinds of hair maintenance gadgets designed for men: hair clippers, beard trimmers, and electric shavers. Hair clippers speed up the hair cutting process, acting like electronic scissors to make life easier for barbers and DIY-ers alike. They usually come with varying guide combs to chop hair from any length to a shorter style. Hair clippers like the Philips and VS Sassoon models are sometimes combined with beard trimmers for an all-in-one hair removal tool.
Beard trimmers are designed to give you the next-shortest cut to a set of clippers. They generally have much shorter guides, and can be used to tidy up around the ears and hairline as well as the neck and chin area. Some Aussies even use them to trim body hair below the belt.
Electric shavers are the final step in the hair removal process. Where a beard trimmer gives you the ability to cut hair close to the skin, an electric shaver removes hair completely. Designed to be used without water or shaving foam, electric shavers provide a low-hassle way to get a closer shave.
Make maintaining your hair clippers a breeze by looking for models with self-sharpening blades. Self-sharpening blades rub against a piece of metal as they clip, ensuring they're always sharp. Which means no need for professional blade sharpening and less need to replace blunt blades, saving you money in the long term.
Corded hair clippers are great, because you never run out of charge or battery. But they're not-so-great because you're limited to where you can use them - you have to be near a power point. Whereas cordless clippers are great because you can use them anywhere, including in the shower. But they're not-so-great because you have to remember to charge them and the battery runtime can be lacking.
Battery runtime is important, especially if you're planning a total hair makeover - you don't want to run out of juice halfway through and end up with an accidental mullet. A really useful feature is a quick charge, where a short amount of charging (like 15 minutes) will give you an extra few minutes of power.
Waterproof hair clippers are great timesavers, letting you clip your hair while in the bath or shower. Given that you'll probably be using them in the bathroom, aka a traditionally wet area, it's also a good safety feature.
Can you use hair clippers on wet hair?
Hair that is greasy or wet isn’t ideal when cutting with electric clippers. Grease and product build-up can clog your hair clippers, and wet hair sticks together to make cutting a pain. While there are showerproof clippers out there, they tend to be all-in-one style products that also offer trimming and shaving settings too. It’s also best to keep the blades on your hair clippers dry and properly oiled, as residual water may cause blades to rust.
Can you cut long hair with hair clippers?
In short, yes. Clippers are essentially electric scissors, so they should cut most hair. At the same time, guide combs rarely go longer than 1-2 inches, so if you want to keep hair longer than this, hair clippers may not be the best method.
How should I take care of my hair clippers?
Just as you need to keep a chef's knife sharpened, you’ll also need to do a little maintenance to keep your clippers in tip top shape. To start, it’s important to clean your clippers’ blades regularly with a brush to prevent them getting clogged. Many clippers also come with extra blade oil, which helps prevent rust while ensuring lubrication for smoother cutting. You may also see clipper spray in your new hair clipper kit. Clipper spray helps keep the blades cool while acting as a disinfectant. This is handy when you’re in for a longer clipping sesh, or when you’re using clippers on multiple people.